Newest Kansas City Wizards Players to Train Tomorrow at Team’s Swope Park Training Center
Forward Adam Cristman, Local Defender Matt Besler Will be Available to Media
(January 19, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards begin preseason training tomorrow, Jan. 20, on Field 3 at the team’s Swope Park Training Center. The Wizards will practice in Kansas City for one week before departing for two weeks of camp in Bradenton, Fla. At tomorrow’s session, striker Adam Cristman and defender Matt Besler will be available to Kansas City media for the first time since joining the Wizards. Training will begin at 10 a.m. CT, with media availability beginning after 11 a.m. All Wizards training sessions are also open to the public.
Cristman, 24, was acquired shortly after the end of the 2008 MLS season from the New England Revolution. He joined the Wizards in a trade prior to the expansion draft held to help stock Seattle Sounders FC, the newest MLS club. Besler, an Overland Park native, was selected with Kansas City’s 1st round selection (8th overall) in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. Besler, 21, grew up a Wizards fan and was a ball boy at one of Kansas City’s first-ever home games in 1996.
Two of Kansas City’s other SuperDraft selections, forward Doug DeMartin (2nd round) and goalkeeper Neal Kitson (3rd round) will also be available. Midfielder Jack Jewsbury is still with the United States National Team and will not rejoin the Wizards until the team travels to Bradenton, Fla. Second-year midfielder Roger Espinoza is with the Honduras National Team and will not be available. Draft selections Graham Zusi (2nd round) and Akeem Priestley (4th round) will not yet be in Kansas City. They will be available later in the week.
During preseason, the Wizards will train either outdoors at the team’s Swope Park Training Center or indoors at KC Sports Lodge in Independence, Mo. Kansas City will train outside every day unless weather prohibits. All training sessions are open to the media and the general public. Please contact a member of the Kansas City Wizards media relations department to RSVP before each session. Media can verify practice locations by contacting Dave Borchardt in the Wizards media relations department at (816) 665-8442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wizards open the season Saturday, March 21 against Toronto FC at 7:30 p.m. CT at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. For season tickets, contact the Wizards sales office at (913) 387-3400 or 1-877-828-7222.
UPCOMING TRAINING SCHEDULE
Day, Date Time Location
Tuesday, Jan. 20 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center Field 3
Wednesday, Jan. 21 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center or KC Sports Lodge
Thursday, Jan. 22 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center or KC Sports Lodge
Friday, Jan. 23 OFF DAY
Monday, Jan. 26 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center or KC Sports Lodge
Tuesday, Jan. 27 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center or KC Sports Lodge